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Friday, 7 December, 2001, 16:30 GMT
Hollywood execs in 'war summit'
Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts are visiting US troops
Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts are visiting US troops
Some of the entertainment industry's most influential executives have met President Bush's advisors again to discuss how they can contribute to the war effort.

Karl Rove first met Hollywood executives last month
Karl Rove first met Hollywood executives last month
Karl Rove, the president's political advisor, and several other aides met senior figures from across the film, music, TV and radio industries at the White House for a one-hour session on Thursday.

The group talked about how movie and music stars could boost troops' morale by making personal appearances, and discussed other ideas, such as TV stations screening public service messages.

The groups first met in November, after which Mr Rove reassured critics that he was not trying to persuade the media to peddle propaganda, but "concrete information told with honesty".

At the second summit, the entertainment executives updated Mr Rove on their projects while he told them the latest about the government's progress, according to White House spokesman Ken Lisaius.

Mariah Carey has performed for peacekeepers in Kosovo
Mariah Carey has performed for peacekeepers in Kosovo
They also discussed stars who could visit US troops through the United Service Organization, which provides entertainment for military personnel.

A number of visits have already been arranged, with Hollywood stars Julia Roberts, George Clooney and Brad Pitt meeting troops in Turkey and giving them an exclusive screening of their new film Ocean' s Eleven.

Mariah Carey has sung for peacekeepers in Kosovo, while MTV is staging a Christmas concert for troops, starring Jennifer Lopez, Kid Rock and Ja Rule.

Among those who met Mr Rove were the president of the Motion Picture Association of America, Jack Valenti, plus representatives from AOL Time Warner, Universal Studios, the Recording Industry of America, the Walt Disney Co, and Viacom.

Jennifer Lopez is to perform in an MTV concert for military personnel
Jennifer Lopez is to perform in an MTV concert for military personnel
Mr Lisaius added that they did not discuss other outstanding political issues about which the entertainment industry is lobbying the government, such as legislation on marketing and distribution.

Meanwhile, actor Robert De Niro has launched a film festival that he hopes will help revitalise the badly-affected area of New York where he lives.

'Need help'

He and business partner Jane Rosenthal have scheduled the Tribeca Film Festival for next May - and hope it will become an annual event.

"There are businesses down here that need help, small businesses, everything. And we don't know until we do this where it'll go," De Niro said.

Tribeca is just north of the World Trade Center site, and has been devastated by a loss of business, traffic and shoppers since the attack.

De Niro has lived in the area for 20 years and has been credited with helping turn it into a more fashionable district.

Candid pictures

Two more celebrities, music stars Don Henley and David Crosby, staged a concert on Wednesday to raise $300,000 (209,500) for about 30 children from the Merrimack Valley area of Massachusetts whose parents were killed in the 11 September attacks.

And it has been revealed that more than 40,000 negatives of pictures taken by President John F Kennedy's personal photographer were destroyed when the World Trade Center collapsed.

Only 300-400 of Jacques Lowe's pictures, including many of Kennedy at work and play in the White House, had ever been published.

The collection was valued at $2m (1.4m), but was in a safe deposit box beneath the twin towers when they collapsed.

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